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. immigrant businesses have grown at 2.5 times the national average. i also said i am glad that google is in mountain view rather than moscow. google was founded by an immigrant, but it is worth noting that none of the founders came to the united states because of their skills. they all came here through a family based system or because they were refugees or the children of refugees. risk-taking, a desire for a better life. these are among the most desired values in our country. it is the secret sauce that makes america great. from alexander hamilton to andrew carnegie to albert einstein, we get our nation forged by immigrants. it is time we fully embrace that immigration is good for our country. it is time to do are tour part. thank you very much, mr. chairman. >> thank you. all other members opening statements will be made a part of the record. we will turn now to our distinguished panel. i will begin by introducing the first panel. our first witness on this panel is mr. vivek wadhwa, a visiting scholar at the university of california berkeley. a senior research associate at harvard
is amazon, google, microsoft, apple. those are the exceptions. the rule is mostly small businesses. small businesses that are in powering small businesses. we haven't traditionally had a seat at that table and some of our goals is to be a part of the process so that we can engage as we have in the past. that is why we are here. >> hello. how is everybody doing today? i am from detroit michigan. i spent most of my day working on something called grand canyon university and what we do is help on to the jurors and start-ups to be able to leverage the technology to be able to tell their stories online. so, this gives you a little background about me to it i had the opportunity to be a part of latin america for the new silicon valley, and what that really did is it opened up my eyes to this whole startup ecosystem and how the world really works so the perspectives i want to bring today is how does the city and thus the kind of change their mind set from an industrial perspective? i'm from detroit michigan and if you look at detroit, it has changed. how does a town that has historically been a
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